New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and his wife, Tori, had their first child on Monday. Since Major League Baseball allows for players to have three days of paternity leave, Murphy stayed with his wife and missed two games, returning Thursday to play the Washington Nationals.
WFAN radio host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason disagreed with Murphy’s choice to miss opening day and the subsequent game.
“Bottom line: that’s not me. I wouldn’t do that,” Esiason said, noting that Murphy had the legal right to take the time off. “Quite frankly I would have said c-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day.”
Esiason’s colleague at WFAN, Mike Francesa, also chimed in on Daniel Murphy’s decision to take paternity leave.